David Moyes has confirmed Sunderland’s interest in signing for players Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United this summer.
The Scot was speaking in his first press conference since being appointed the new Black Cats boss, following Sam Allardyce’s departure to take the England job.
After Moyes’ move to the Stadium of Light was confirmed, his new club were naturally linked with a raid on his old side.
Fellaini – who moved with the boss from Everton to Old Trafford in 2013 – and 21-year-old Januzaj – who has been frozen out of the first team since the Scot’s sacking two years ago – were soon linked, with their both players’ futures under new Old Trafford chief Jose Mourinho currently unclear.
But while Moyes admitted his and Sunderland’s interest in strengthening the team this summer, he admitted some players may be outside his reach.
“If any of those good players want to join me I’d be happy to have them,” he said.
“They’re excellent players. We’re interested but I’m sure there’s a load of other clubs that are as well.
“We’re interested in lots of good players. You have to have a realistic view. There’ll be some players we can attract just now and some players we can’t.
“We’ll try and get the ones we can and the ones who want to come here and start on the new journey we’re on.
“We have offers in for people already and we’re working hard. I’ve been really impressed by the new chief executive [Martin Bain].”
Moyes also insisted he has not been idle as he waited for his chance to return to the Premier League.
The 53-year-old Scot has been out of work since being sacked by Real Sociedad last November but he revealed he has kept himself busy during his eight months away from management and feels reinvigorated ahead of his new role.
“It was great to play golf and spend time with my family but this is what I do and I want to get back and get on with it,” he said,
“I think modern management means that more managers will take breaks in their career with the way it is.
“I wouldn’t say I’ve been away from the game, I watched as much football as I can.
“I’ve been to watch training from other sides of the world and I’ve involved with UEFA a lot, whether it’s been watching the Euros or whether it’s been taking the Pro Licence coaches. I’ve been out but I’ve been busy.
“This has now got to be a building job. I’m here for four years and I want to bring a level of stability back to the club.”